They are two of the most heavily traveled stretches of freeway in west Michigan and they are nearing their life expectancy.

Michigan Department of Transportation says US-131 and I-96 in Kent County will need reconstruction over the next 20 years. Public involvement will play an important role in project decisions, from concept to completion. As a first step, MDOT is evaluating various transportation issues in the corridors, preliminary environmental impacts, and funding constraints.

Please bring your issues, ideas and concerns to this open house-format meeting Thursday, March 6th. 4 - 7 pm at Rockford Construction Community Center, 601 First St. NW, Grand Rapids.

There are other studies under way. Currently, MDOT is performing a Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) Study on US-131 between 100th Street and M-57, and on I-96 between Fruit Ridge Avenue and Leonard Street. This study will evaluate practical preservation, operational and capacity improvement options, and identify project segments for potential future consideration and further analysis.

If you are unable to attend this meeting, another will be held on Wednesday, March 12, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Walker Fire Station at 1470 3 Mile Road. Additional meetings will be scheduled over the course of the study.